Editor's Note: We All Want to Play Better Golf

A word from Westchester/Hudson Valley Golf Executive Editor, Dave Donelson

Golf is a game of hope. The best thing about the sport is that we always expect to play better—next time we tee it up. In fact, considering how most of us score, if we didn’t have at least a glimmer of hope, we’d have given up the game long ago.

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That’s why we’ve devoted much of this issue of Westchester/Hudson Valley Golf to ways you can play better golf. We explore more than 50 different approaches to hitting the ball farther, straighter, and fewer times per round. You’ll not only find some simple but effective tips from the 2013 Met PGA Teacher of the Year, Mike Diffley, but a collection of the best (and cheapest) golf-training aids used by six other leading local pros. New to the game or want to get started? We’ll show you where and how to do it with a complete listing of golf schools, ranges, teachers, and organizations that will take the mystery and embarrassment out of the game for you. And if you’re past the newbie stage, we’ll show you some strategies you may not have thought of to hone your almost-perfect game.

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We explore more than 50 different approaches to hitting the ball farther, straighter, and fewer times per round

One of the best ways to play better golf—and enjoy the game even more—is to test your skills on new courses. This year, we explore 17 public and private courses in Westchester, the Hudson Valley, and beyond to Vermont, the Poconos, and Hilton Head Island. We also asked local golf professionals to tell us the hardest holes they face on their home courses in Westchester so you can see how your game stacks up against theirs.

Want to play better golf? Sure you do! That’s why we think you’ll enjoy this year’s issue of Westchester/Hudson Valley Golf.

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